Today we look at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. How he died not to stay in a tomb, but to rise from the dead the third day. Because Jesus was not a only man but God, He was able to raise Himself up from the grave. This is absolutely amazing in every sense of the word. It is because out of the many gods that people worship, our God is alive and hears the prayers of millions of believers all over the globe. Now, because He is risen and appeared unto His disciples, wouldn’t you like to read some of the things that took place? I hope so, for the four gospels and even the beginning of acts describe the crucifixion and His ascension into heaven. Even in Luke 24, we read that while Mary and Joanna were visiting the tomb, an angel appeared unto them and said, 1“why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words.” (Luke 24:5,8) Two disciples then saw Jesus on their walk to the village Emmaus and said that 1“their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:31,32) They were able to have a long conversation with the Lord and also eat with Him. Surely, it must have been the best thing they had ever encountered in their lifetime, for their hearts burned within them while He was around. This is a moment to cherish.
Jesus also appeared unto all of His disciples, even as they were talking amongst each other. It is recorded that 1“Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.” (Luke 24:36-40) He said also said unto them, 1“these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:44-47) Praise the Lord! Jesus Christ is alive. And now we are called to preach the gospel in all nations. The message being that Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected the third day. That Jesus is waiting for people to come unto Him and repent, and then His forgiveness comes by washing them of all their sins. Even I am made new through the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross. And because of this, I will one day be with my risen Lord in heaven for all eternity.
Let us pray:
Lord, I honor You this day and forever. I thank You for the cross. Thank You for paying the penalty of sin, of would we could not do on our own. The sacrifice You made for us cannot be compared, for it made a way for people of all nations to be saved. And because You died, there was also Your resurrection. Surely, You are set apart from all these other false gods, for You defeated the grave. Lord, because of what You did for us, we can be forgiven by Your blood and, one day, rise up to be with You in heaven. Wow, thank You, Lord. I plead for You to hear my prayers and continue to be with me all my days. Help me to stay strong on Your path that leads to righteousness. You have cleansed me of all my sins, but I still need You in my life at all times, in order to not fall victim to sin. I love You more than what this world has to offer, and I pray that my family will also seek You first in their lives. It brings me to tears just thinking of the many people that I know and love, that are lost and don’t know You as their personal Savior. So God, please make a way for me to reach these people for Your kingdom. Even if just one of them would listen to Your gospel message and receive it, then I and Your angels would be rejoicing in heaven. As for now, I am listening to Your voice and will go and do as You say, God. Lead me from temptation, and open my eyes and ears even more so daily, as I learn from You. I pray that this relationship we have God will increase every day, for I want You to call my name when I die and be worthy to be called Your son, even in Your presence. I love You, God. I honor You and give You praise. May You receive the glory that You deserve. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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